A new school, strip mall or even park may be coming to West Pasco.

About 350 acres at the southwest corner of Road 68 and 1-182 is currently leased to a farmer.  The Washington Department of Natural Resources owns it and would like to sell it. Located near a Maverick convenience store, the DNR and Pasco city officials think it could be put to commercial or residential use. In order to list it for sale, the city needs to determine what the land could be used for and change its zoning status.

On Jan. 17 the Pasco Planning Commission discussed the possibilities. Commissioner Paul Hilliard suggested the land would be a good site for a school or a commercial front. Commissioner Zahra Khan agreed, but is worried about traffic impacts to the surrounding neighborhood.  Chairman Joe Cruz recommended planning an overpass near the site to relieve traffic. Nothing specific was decided that night.

Pasco Community & Economic Development Director Rick White said, “There are no specific buyers or users at this point… The concept plan is intended to give the owner (WDNR) a realistic idea of what the property would develop as.”

(google maps/ Edit Miki)
(google maps/ Edit Miki)